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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342925/epidemiology-and-characteristics-of-neurosurgical-conditions-at-mbarara-regional-referral-hospital
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Jihad Abdelgadir, Emily R Smith, Maria Punchak, Joao Ricardo Vissoci, Catherine Staton, Alex Muhindo, David Kitya, Lawrence P Park, Michael M Haglund
BACKGROUND: The unmet surgical need, specifically neurosurgical need, in Uganda is significant, yet only two public hospitals currently perform neurosurgery in the country. This study examines the epidemiology and outcomes of neurosurgical conditions presenting to one of 12 regional referral hospitals in Uganda, in an effort to understand the neurosurgical needs of this population. METHODS: The study was conducted at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital (MRRH), in southwestern Uganda...
March 23, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340242/insertion-of-miniaturized-cardiac-monitors-outside-the-catheter-operating-room-experience-and-practical-advice
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Jan Steffel, David Jay Wright, Harald Schäfer, Tabinda Rashid-Fadel, Thorsten Lewalter
Minor surgical procedures are increasingly being performed as outpatient procedures in settings outside hospital operating rooms (ORs). In electrophysiology, the recent miniaturization of insertable cardiac monitors (ICMs) has enabled the routine insertion of the device as a minimally invasive procedure without the need of a catheter OR. However, a shift to office-based environments for minor surgical procedures is associated with some concerns, particularly with respect to patient- and procedure-related safety in the new setting...
March 17, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340054/outcomes-of-atrial-arrhythmia-radiofrequency-catheter-ablation-in-patients-with-ebstein-s-anomaly
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Abdallah Hassan, Nicholas Y Tan, Htin Aung, Heidi M Connolly, David O Hodge, Emily R Vargas, Bryan C Cannon, Douglas L Packer, Samuel J Asirvatham, Christopher J McLeod
Aims: Atrial arrhythmias are common in patients with Ebstein's anomaly (EA) despite cardiac surgical repair and concomitant Maze procedures. We aimed to evaluate the outcome of radiofrequency catheter ablation in this group of patients. Methods and results: All patients with EA and atrial arrhythmias who underwent catheter ablation for atrial arrhythmias between 1/1999 and 1/2016 were included. Atrial arrhythmia recurrence was identified as the primary outcome; secondary outcomes included repeat ablation, need for antiarrhythmic medications after ablation, and death...
February 27, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340047/a-call-for-safety-during-electrophysiological-procedures-us-in-why-not-us-out-authors-reply
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Ariel L Shiloh, Maria Sobolev, Luigi Di Biase, David P Slovut
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 7, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339558/impact-of-sedation-vs-general-anaesthesia-on-percutaneous-epicardial-access-safety-and-procedural-outcomes
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Ammar M Killu, Alan Sugrue, Thomas M Munger, David O Hodge, Siva K Mulpuru, Christopher J McLeod, Douglas L Packer, Samuel J Asirvatham, Paul A Friedman
Aims: Patient movement while under moderate/deep sedation may complicate percutaneous epicardial access (EpiAcc), mapping and ablation. We sought to compare procedural outcomes in patients undergoing EpiAcc under sedation vs. general anaesthesia (GA) for ablation. Methods and results: Patients undergoing EpiAcc between January 2004 and July 2014 were included. Safety, procedural, and clinical outcomes were compared between patients undergoing EpiAcc under sedation or GA for ventricular tachycardia or premature ventricular complex ablation...
November 15, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339546/multicentre-safety-of-adding-focal-impulse-and-rotor-modulation-firm-to-conventional-ablation-for-atrial-fibrillation
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David E Krummen, Tina Baykaner, Amir A Schricker, Christopher A B Kowalewski, Vijay Swarup, John M Miller, Gery F Tomassoni, Shirley Park, Mohan N Viswanathan, Paul J Wang, Sanjiv M Narayan
Aims: Focal Impulse and Rotor Modulation (FIRM) uses 64-electrode basket catheters to identify atrial fibrillation (AF)-sustaining sites for ablation, with promising results in many studies. Accordingly, new basket designs are being tested by several groups. We set out to determine the procedural safety of adding basket mapping and map-guided ablation to conventional pulmonary vein isolation (PVI). Methods and results: We collected 30 day procedural safety data in five US centres for consecutive patients undergoing FIRM plus PVI (FIRM-PVI) compared with contemporaneous controls undergoing PVI without FIRM...
December 22, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339545/left-atrial-anatomy-atrial-fibrillation-burden-and-p-wave-duration-relationships-and-predictors-for-single-procedure-success-after-pulmonary-vein-isolation
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Sven Knecht, Maurice Pradella, Tobias Reichlin, Aline Mühl, Matthias Bossard, Bram Stieltjes, David Conen, Jens Bremerich, Stefan Osswald, Michael Kühne, Christian Sticherling
Aims: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is associated with changes in left atrial (LA) volume, but the relationship between LA size, AF burden, and electrical conduction behaviour is still uncertain. The aim of this study was to quantify the association and impact of these parameters on the single-procedure outcome after circumferential antral ablation for pulmonary vein isolation. Methods and results: Left atrial assessment was performed in 129 consecutive patients using pre-procedural imaging in three dimensions (sphericity, indexed volume), two dimensions (diameters), and from echocardiography in one dimension (long axis)...
December 22, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339166/pharmacokinetics-pharmacodynamics-pharmacogenomics-safety-and-tolerability-of-avatrombopag-in-healthy-japanese-and-white-subjects
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Maiko Nomoto, Gina Pastino, Bhaskar Rege, Jagadeesh Aluri, Jim Ferry, David Han
Avatrombopag, an orally administered, small-molecule thrombopoietin receptor (c-Mpl) agonist, is currently in clinical development for the potential treatment of severe thrombocytopenia in patients with chronic liver disease undergoing an elective procedure. The objectives of this study were to characterize and compare the pharmacokinetics (including the food effect) and pharmacodynamics (platelet count) of avatrombopag following single doses in Japanese and white subjects. Following single dosing under fasted and fed conditions, mean peak concentrations occurred at 5 to 8 hours and subsequently declined with a half-life of 16 to 18 hours in Japanese and white subjects...
March 24, 2017: Clinical Pharmacology in Drug Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337781/rationale-and-design-of-a-multicenter-international-and-collaborative-coronary-artery-aneurysm-registry-caar
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Iván J Núñez-Gil, Luis Nombela-Franco, Rodrigo Bagur, Mario Bollati, Enrico Cerrato, Emilio Alfonso, Christoph Liebetrau, José María De la Torre Hernandez, Benjamín Camacho, Rafael Mila, Ignacio J Amat-Santos, Fernando Alfonso, Ramón Rodríguez-Olivares, Santiago J Camacho Freire, Íñigo Lozano, Víctor Alfonso Jiménez Díaz, Davide Piraino, Roberto Adriano Latini, Gisela Feltes, Jose Antonio Linares, Massimo Mancone, Alfonso Ielasi, Alejandro Sánchez-Grande Flecha, Agustín Fernández Cisnal, Fabrizio Ugo, Jesús M Jiménez Mazuecos, Pierluigi Omedè, Marco Pavani, Pedro A Villablanca, Boshra F Louka, Antonio Fernández-Ortiz
Coronary artery aneurysm is defined as a coronary dilation that exceeds the diameter of adjacent segments or the diameter of the patient's largest normal coronary vessel by 1.5×. It is an uncommon disease that has been diagnosed with increasing frequency since the widespread appearance of coronary angiography. The published incidence varies from 1.5% to 5%, suggesting male dominance and a predilection for the right coronary artery. Although several causes have been described, atherosclerosis accounts for ≥50% of coronary aneurysms in adults...
March 24, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337485/safety-and-efficacy-of-minimal-biliary-sphincterotomy-with-papillary-balloon-dilation-m-ebs-epbd-in-patients-using-clopidogrel-or-anticoagulation
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Shaffer R S Mok, Murtaza Arif, David L Diehl, Harshit S Khara, Henry C Ho, Adam B Elfant
Background and study aims Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) with endoscopic biliary sphincterotomy (EBS) or endoscopic papillary balloon dilation (EPBD) are common techniques of biliary decompression. Potential risks include gastrointestinal hemorrhage, which can be increased by antiplatelet agents, anticoagulants (AC) and/or novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs) (ie. apixaban, dabigatran and rivaroxaban). The study aim is to evaluate the safety/efficacy of an alternative technique, minimal-EBS plus EPBD (m-EBS + EPBD), in individuals for whom clopidogrel, AC, and/or NOACs cannot be interrupted due to high cardiovascular or thromboembolic risk...
March 2017: Endoscopy International Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337049/use-of-3d-printed-bone-plate-in-novel-technique-to-surgically-correct-hallux-valgus-deformities
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Kathryn E Smith, Kenneth M Dupont, David L Safranski, Jeremy Blair, Dawn Buratti, Vladimir Zeetser, Ryan Callahan, Jason Lin, Ken Gall
Three-dimensional (3-D) printing offers many potential advantages in designing and manufacturing plating systems for foot and ankle procedures that involve small, geometrically complex bony anatomy. Here, we describe the design and clinical use of a Ti-6Al-4V ELI bone plate (FastForward™ Bone Tether Plate, MedShape, Inc., Atlanta, GA) manufactured through 3-D printing processes. The plate protects the second metatarsal when tethering suture tape between the first and second metatarsals and is a part of a new procedure that corrects hallux valgus (bunion) deformities without relying on doing an osteotomy or fusion procedure...
September 2016: Techniques in Orthopaedics: TIO
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336925/prosocial-orientation-alters-network-dynamics-and-fosters-cooperation
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David Melamed, Brent Simpson, Ashley Harrell
Dynamic networks have been shown to increase cooperation, but prior findings are compatible with two different mechanisms for the evolution of cooperation. It may be that dynamic networks promote cooperation even in networks composed entirely of egoists, who strategically cooperate to attract and maintain profitable interaction partners. Alternatively, drawing on recent insights into heterogeneous social preferences, we expect that dynamic networks will increase cooperation only when nodes are occupied by persons with more prosocial preferences, who tend to attract and keep more cooperative partners relative to egoists...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336454/cryoneurolysis-to-treat-the-pain-and-symptoms-of-knee-osteoarthritis-a-multicenter-randomized-double-blind-sham-controlled-trial
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Richard Radnovich, David Scott, Atul T Patel, Richard Olson, Vinod Dasa, Neil Segal, Nancy E Lane, Kevin Shrock, Julian Naranjo, Kevin Darr, Ronald Surowitz, James Choo, Alan Valadie, Robert Harrell, Nathan Wei, Samy Metyas
OBJECTIVE: Evaluate the efficacy and safety/tolerability of cryoneurolysis for reduction of pain and symptoms associated with knee osteoarthritis (OA). DESIGN: Randomized, double-blind, sham-controlled, multicenter trial with a 6-month follow-up in patients with mild-to-moderate knee OA. Patients were randomized 2:1 to cryoneurolysis targeting the infrapatellar branch of the saphenous nerve (IPBSN) or sham treatment. The primary endpoint was the change from baseline to Day 30 in the Western Ontario and McMaster Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC) pain score adjusted by the baseline score and site...
March 20, 2017: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334151/strategies-for-processing-and-quality-control-of-illumina-genotyping-arrays
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Shilin Zhao, Wang Jing, David C Samuels, Quanghu Sheng, Yu Shyr, Yan Guo
Illumina genotyping arrays have powered thousands of large-scale genome-wide association studies over the past decade. Yet, because of the tremendous volume and complicated genetic assumptions of Illumina genotyping data, processing and quality control (QC) of these data remain a challenge. Thorough QC ensures the accurate identification of single-nucleotide polymorphisms and is required for the correct interpretation of genetic association results. By processing genotyping data on > 100 000 subjects from >10 major Illumina genotyping arrays, we have accumulated extensive experience in handling some of the most peculiar scenarios related to the processing and QC of Illumina genotyping data...
February 20, 2017: Briefings in Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333852/re-intervention-in-de-novo-vitreous-opacities-after-pars-plana-vitrectomy-in-familial-amyloidotic-polyneuropathy-ttr-val30metportuguese-patients
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Natália Novais Ferreira, David Afonso Cunha Dias, Rui Pedro Afonso Carvalho, Maria Teresa Pardal Monteiro Coelho
PURPOSE: To report management of de novo vitreous amyloid opacities after previous pars plana vitrectomy in familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy transthyretin Val30Met. METHODS: This work is a retrospective observational consecutive case series of five eyes of four patients. Demographic data, transthyretin mutation involved, age at the beginning of disease, duration of disease, treatment (liver transplant or tafamidis), time between vitrectomy and re-intervention, and ophthalmologic changes were evaluated...
March 22, 2017: Retinal Cases & Brief Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332886/inhaler-technique-mastery-and-maintenance-in-healthcare-professionals-trained-on-different-devices
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Sinthia Bosnic-Anticevich, Christina Callan, Henry Chrystyn, Federico Lavorini, Vasilis Nikolaou, Vicky Kritikos, P N Richard Dekhuijzen, Nicolas Roche, Leif Bjermer, Cynthia Rand, Nicholas Zwar, David B Price
OBJECTIVE: Healthcare professionals (HCPs) are required to assess and train patients in the correct use of inhalers but are often unable to demonstrate correct technique themselves. We sought to assess the level of training required for HCPs to master and maintain device mastery when using two different dry powder inhalers (DPIs). METHODS: We conducted a randomised, un-blinded, cross-over study in undergraduate HCPs who undertook a six-step training procedure (intuitive use, patient information leaflet, instructional video, individual tuition from expert, then two repeats of individual tuition) for the use of Turbuhaler® (an established device) and Spiromax® (a newer device, reportedly easier to use)...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331021/aspergillus-niger-infection-in-an-immunosuppressed-patient-confined-solely-to-the-brain
#17
Lucy Simmonds, Sian Mitchell, Barrie White, Shanika A Crusz, David Denning
A 68-year-old woman with a background of hypertension, stroke and rheumatoid arthritis presented to her local hospital after a 4-week history of gradual deterioration and increasing confusion with new onset right-sided weakness. Her initial CT scan revealed a rim enhancing mass lesion with surrounding oedema in the left parietal lobe for which she underwent CT stealth-guided biopsy. Microbiology culture of the 2 biopsy samples yielded Aspergillus niger and she was started on the antifungal agent voriconazole...
March 22, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330793/procedural-and-clinical-outcomes-in-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement-for-bicuspid-versus-tricuspid-aortic-valve-stenosis
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Sung-Han Yoon, Sabine Bleiziffer, Ole De Backer, Victoria Delgado, Takahide Arai, Johannes Ziegelmueller, Marco Barbanti, Rahul Sharma, Gidon Y Perlman, Omar K Khalique, Erik W Holy, Smriti Saraf, Florian Deuschl, Buntaro Fujita, Philipp Ruile, Franz-Josef Neumann, Gregor Pache, Masao Takahashi, Hidehiro Kaneko, Tobias Schmidt, Yohei Ohno, Niklas Schofer, William K F Kong, Edgar Tay, Daisuke Sugiyama, Hiroyuki Kawamori, Yoshio Maeno, Yigal Abramowitz, Tarun Chakravarty, Mamoo Nakamura, Shingo Kuwata, Gerald Yong, Hsien-Li Kao, Michael Lee, Hyo-Soo Kim, Thomas Modine, S Chiu Wong, Francesco Bedgoni, Luca Testa, Emmanuel Teiger, Christian Butter, Stephan M Ensminger, Ulrich Schaefer, Danny Dvir, Philipp Blanke, Jonathon Leipsic, Fabian Nietlispach, Mohamed Abdel-Wahab, Bernard Chevalier, Corrado Tamburino, David Hildick-Smith, Brian K Whisenant, Seung-Jung Park, Antonio Colombo, Azeem Latib, Susheel K Kodali, Jeroen J Bax, Lars Søndergaard, John G Webb, Thierry Lefèvre, Martin B Leon, Raj Makkar
BACKGROUND: Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) in patients with bicuspid aortic valve stenosis (AS) is being increasingly performed. OBJECTIVES: From the Bicuspid AS TAVR multicenter registry, the procedural and clinical outcomes in patients with bicuspid versus tricuspid AS were compared. METHODS: Outcomes of 561 patients with bicuspid AS and 4,546 patients with tricuspid AS were compared after propensity-score matching assembling 546 pairs of patients with similar baseline characteristics...
March 15, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329485/job-recruitment-dermatologists-mohs-surgeon
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Uc David School Of Medicine
The University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, Department of Dermatology, is recruiting for four academic dermatologists in the Clinical X series or Health Sciences Clinical Professor (HSCP) series at the Assistant/Associate/Professor level based on experience and qualifications. Three of these positions are for general medical dermatologists, and one is for a fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon/procedural dermatologist. The appointments may be made up to 100%.
January 15, 2017: Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329369/long-term-results-up-to-14-years-of-the-clover-technique-for-the-treatment-of-complex-tricuspid-valve-regurgitation%C3%A2
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Michele De Bonis, Elisabetta Lapenna, Stefania Di Sanzo, Benedetto Del Forno, Federico Pappalardo, Alessandro Castiglioni, Luca Vicentini, Alberto Pozzoli, Ilaria Giambuzzi, Azeem Latib, Davide Schiavi, Giovanni La Canna, Ottavio Alfieri
OBJECTIVES: To report the long-term results of the clover technique for the treatment of complex forms of tricuspid regurgitation (TR). METHODS: Ninety-six consecutive patients (mean age 60 ± 16.4, left ventricular ejection fraction 58 ± 8.8%) with severe or moderately-severe TR due to important leaflets prolapse/flail (81 patients), tethering (13 patients) or mixed (2 patients) lesions underwent clover repair combined with annuloplasty. The aetiology of TR was degenerative in 74 cases (77...
February 23, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
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